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21 March 2005 @ 07:43 pm
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Check out this website...

Now check out this website...

See a similarity? The first is one of the biggest radio stations in Calgary. One I listened to when visiting there. One several of my friends listen to.

The other is the station/owner that took over Arrow 93.1 in Los Angeles. See a similarity?

Upside: My friends from Calgary, when/IF they ever visit, will have a radio station that's nice and familiar to them. And it's not as alien to me, either, as a brand new station/format/owner could be.

Downside: I don't know if it will change, but Jack LA has no deejays. I was going to be a deejay. Disk jockey was my original Chosen Career Path. Now, this means they just fired every deejay from Arrow. And, as far as I can tell, aren't hiring any more. I am Against This. Therefore, DESPITE the fact I like a lot of what they play, I am going to make a point of not listening, and when my friends listen, I will make a point of not buying anything they advertise on the station. Vote with your dollar, I always say.

And yes, I probably wouldn't feel this strongly if it weren't for the "No deejays/Venus' job offer" episode of WKRP. But they were right. Go, Hugh Wilson.

Hopefully, these dweebwads will hire deejays so I can support them.
Current Mood: anxiousconflicted
Cherylccryder on March 22nd, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
It's trying to take over the world! AgHHHH

I first heard JACK in Ontario, it was a new station.. come here and they have it too! Now you have it! The spin is they don't take requests of any kind and play what they want. If that means playing Motley Crue after K-OS after Celine Dion.. that's what they play. Strange mix sometimes!

Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on March 22nd, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
So, Jack started in Ontario?? Weird. Do they have deejays there or is this part of the whole format doohickey?
Cherylccryder on March 22nd, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think it started in Ontario, I did hear about it before we got it. Not sure where it started exactly.

There is a man's voice, but now that you mention it, I think it's the same things replayed. I'll listen today at work and let you know.
Frittersfritters on March 22nd, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's how it is here. Just "carts" of the same stuff over and over. I'm thinking at this point they don't even need carts. They just program a big computer to play files at certain times.
Cherylccryder on March 23rd, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, so it's official, it's all pre-recorded. They did mention a morning show, but something tells me it's the same one broadcast for all JACK stations.

I'm going to start calling them the "job elimator station".
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on March 26th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
Well, I wrote them but so far they haven't responded as to if they're keeping it that way....
千代子_chiyoko_ on March 22nd, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
no matter how many times i see your gir icon i still love it to death.
Frittersfritters on March 22nd, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on March 22nd, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
Does the one in Calgary have DJs? I'm not familiar with Jack stations, but I am familiar with station changes... seems at least one of the stations around here changes once every few years.

Something that seems almost required with all station changes, for reasons unknown, is that when they first start up again, there are no DJs. I guess they want people to just hear the music they play and get familiar with it and "hooked" on it. After about a month or so, the DJs return. Sometimes its some of the same ones, other times its people I know I've heard on other stations before. I'd recommend just keeping your ears open, because they may start hiring soon enough.
Fritters: TT Jynx I have issues by writerz_blocfritters on March 22nd, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I hope so, but usually don't they just not have deejays and not pimp it out specifically as not having deejays? As it is, one of the premiere outspoken L.A. deejays was referring to it as "the station with no soul". And I have given them the benefit of the doubt for the moment. I wrote them and ASKED if they were planning on having any or not. But just in case, I've gone and started writing down the names of their advertisers.

This is why old people have such power to be heard. Never annoy people with nothing to do but stir up trouble. The last thing they want is me contacting all their advertisers...
Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on March 22nd, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize they were actually billing it as such.. yeah, that really sucks. I suppose in these days of technology, you probably can run a station without DJs... but that does take away a station's "soul." That would mean they'll never really have any true promotional events, or be able to let their viewers know about concerts, or give away tickets and prizes, etc.. sure there's ads but all that other stuff is a huge part of how stations run. How awful.

If I want a dj-free station I listen on the internet. Radio has to have DJs.. its like... the law. Or at least it should be.
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on March 22nd, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
I would assume they can still have contests with people responding to the web site and stuff. But yeah, I expect no deejays on XM/Sirius, which I AM interested in, but making a station soulless AND putting deejays on the dole? Bleuagh.
Robyn Goodfellow: space hamstersrobyngoodfellow on March 23rd, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, JACKfm Calgary does have DJs. They have Matt & Eric in the morning, and Beezly in the afternoon. And Mel on weekends (I think that's her name). They're all quite cool, and this morning, Matt and Eric were trying to help a friend, by asking the listeners to come up with things she could do so her boyfriend would dump her. x_.
Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on March 23rd, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ha! I guess she was too scared to actually break up with him herself? Regardless, that sound so much nicer than our radio station, which was interviewing people for a chance to appear in a porno flick. :P
Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on March 26th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
So there's still hope. Lots and lots of hope ^_^

And so far they're playing more oldies and less new stuff than your jack does. I'm hoping that changes, but I'm thinking they may be trying to keep out of the "new hits" competition of a large radio market like L.A.